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Lethbridge Rodeo History

Rodeo has been part of Lethbridge history for the past 114 years, starting in 1904, two years after Raymond’s first Stampede. The 1904 rodeo was staged by Ray Knight, creator of the Raymond event, as part of Lethbridge’s annual fair. It wasn’t the only new event that year. A parade was also held with a contingent of 400 Siksiksitaapi. The 1904 event was held at the 40-acre Queen Victoria Park, the original site of the exhibition. In 1911, the rodeo relocated to the present-day exhibition grounds and it was there in 1918 where the amalgamated Fair and Stampede occurred.

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Glorious & Free - Canada Day Fireworks

Every year, hundreds of people are involved with providing exciting entertainment, delicious food, and great music for our Canada Day celebration at Henderson Lake. For at least 40 years now, the event has taken place there with the fireworks being one of the biggest highlights of the night.

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Whoop-Up Days Parade

Whoop-Up Days Parade is a community event designed to entertain families and visitors in the community. It is the kick-off to Exhibition Park’s annual Whoop-Up Days Family Festival. The full week of festivities start with pancake breakfasts and bar-b-ques street dances and community coming together. Exhibition Park invites all Lethbridge businesses to join in the fun and excitement of Whoop-Up Days in the third week of August 21-25, 201

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Flip Fest

Touring Canada as a musician is no joke. Mind-numbingly long drives between shows, sketchy road stop food, unfamiliar sleeping situations, inevitable interpersonal band drama, and stretched finances are often the costs of getting to be on stage and sharing music with new audiences.

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Girls Rock Camp

Silvana Campus’ drive to be a musician started early. “I was really fortunate,” she says. “My dad was a drummer, so when I wanted to play there wasn’t a second thought.” That early support laid the foundation for Campus to build a musical career spanning two decades, numerous bands, and countless nights of rock and roll.

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Rodeo on Piikani

Rodeo has a long history in Blackfoot Culture. Just ask RCMP Constable Tyrone Potts. “I’ve owned horses all my life. Horses changed my path in life. My home life was difficult. My family had issues. I became addicted to horses and riding.” Tyrone is a direct descendent of Lethbridge folk-hero Jerry Potts. Tyrone acknowledges, “Horses are a big part of our lives as Blackfoot people.”

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London Road Market

London Road Market General Manager Dave Gurr asks, “Can you imagine? Starting a grocery store in the Great Depression? This was the era of food stamps. Nobody had any cash to spend on food.” The Gurr family story of meat cutters and grocers in Lethbridge began 1929.

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Slough Chew Revue - Tropical Cuisine

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Community Event - Bon Odori

Obon is a style of Japanese Buddhist folk dance performed outdoors in a circle around a taiko (drum) on a yagura the raised platform decorated with lanterns. Lethbridge community dancers gather for the the Bon Odori festival in Galt Gardens on July 14. This Japanese cultural tradition is a time to remember and honour those who have passed on, appreciate all that they have done and to recognize the continuation of their influence upon our lives. It is Obon Season in Lethbridge from July 1-July 15.

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Street Wheelers

What gets your engine revving? This year is the 40th anniversary of Street Wheelers. Tyler Stewart introduces us to local fan of the annual event. Whether you’re into watching fast cars rip down the drag, or simply admiring a nicely polished machine, Street Wheelers offers a variety of events for everyone from July 14-17 in locations around Lethbridge. Visit www.streetwheelers.com for full details.

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YQL Neighbours - Brad Brown

After 35 years of coaching, Lethbridge's very own Brad Brown shares how playing football changed his life. The Minor football league season starts August 21. Parents will get all the information they need at lethbridgeminorfootball.org.

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Give your child a head start in STEM!

Destination Exploration, the University of Lethbridge’s leading science outreach program, is once again offering a variety of summer camps for youth ages 5–16. Encouraging an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outside the classroom has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s perception of science and can translate to a lifelong appreciation. As a member of the Destination Exploration team, Humaira Enayetullah brings her enthusiasm for STEM to youth across Southern Alberta. Humaira believes that these science outreach activities are an effective tool in providing the community with a deeper understanding of science and its application in the real world. For more information on Destination Exploration summer camps, please visit: ulethbridge.ca/destination-exploration

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Literary Spotlight The Boy Who Couldn't Die

Lethbridge Living is pleased to present our new Literary Spotlight. Lethbridge has so many talented writers in our community and we pleased to share excepts of their work with the entire community.

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SCAPES - The Hutchings & Sharp Western Clothing

The Hutchings & Sharp Western Clothing business began as the A. E. Easton Company in the fall of 1909. It opened its doors on Round Street today’s 5 Street South between Rylands and Company sand the Hotel Dallas. The president of the company was E. F. Hutchings and A. (Albert) E. Easton was the managing director. The Easton Company manufactured and sold harness and saddlery of all kinds. In 1912, the name was changed to the Alberta Saddlery Company Limited (shown in the image below). They kept this name for another 12 years before it was changed to the name E. M. Carson Saddlery and Leather Goods in 1924. Mr. Robert Hutchings remained as president and E.M. Carson became managing director. Between the years 1936 to 1961, the managing directors changed and a name change to Baird’s Shoe and Leather Goods Limited. This business was sold in 1975 and it became Hutchings & Sharp, with James M. Sharp President and Mildred Aubin as Manager. The business closed in 1985.

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By the Bridge

Lethbridge Living is pleased to present a brand new backpage column "By The Bridge" by Les Vonkeman. In this issue, Les gives us some insight into how memories of rodeo touched his life walking the beat in his day job. The story begins with: The echo of thundering hooves…

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FROM THE PUBLISHER/EDITOR

Now we can take the time to enjoy the sunshine and see our friends and neighbours. We are free to gather together. Celebrate the season. We will make time to live, work and play.

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YQL NEIGHBOURS: Josh Walker

Josh Walker takes time out to talk with Lethbridge Living about his favourite sport. Josh is PGA of Canada Class A Member and Head Professional at Evergreen Golf Center

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COVER STORY: PGA in YQL

It has also been a long and winding road to the new PGA TOUR Canada event taking place at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort in Lethbridge on June18-24, 2018. The big audacious idea will begin as part of a multi-year agreement starting in 2018. PGA Tour Canada believes the partnership could help the Paradise Canyon Open flourish into an annual event.

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Dragon Boat: A Grand Tradition

2018 IS ROTARY’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY in Lethbridge. The 17th annual ATB Financial Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival is coming up fast, on June 22-24, 2018. There are so many reasons to celebrate this year.

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PrideFest Turns 10!

Current PrideFest Board Chair Devon Hargreaves and PrideFest Treasurer Derrick Antson reflect on the modest beginnings of Pride in Lethbridge a decade ago. The Lethbridge PrideFest Society works year-round, and their efforts culminate in nine days of Pride June 15th - June 23th, 2018.

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Cinco de Mayo: Come for the Knowledge, Stay for the Party

On May 5, 2018 Lethbridge’s Balderas Family invite the entire community to the Multicultural Centre to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Local ticket-holders will enjoy some traditional food, folkloric dancers, a mariachi singer and have fun on the dance floor at the end of the night.

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Human History of Fort Whoop-Up

This is much too short of an article to provide everyone's stories but following are a few people who lived, worked and traded at Fort Whoop-Up who together highlight the breadth of experiences related with that site.

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Keeping Lethbridge in Bloom

If you were to look around Lethbridge over the spring and summer months, could you guess how many flowers are planted by the City of Lethbridge each year?

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Post Traumatic Care: PTSD Awareness Month

June is Post-traumatic Stress Awareness Month Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event. Lethbridge's Collins family is a unit and they are committed to raising awareness of the importance of collective needs of families coping with PTSD.

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Return of The Farmers Market

The Saturday Farmer’s Market starting May 12 opens at 8:00a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m. It’s not just a place to shop it’s a place where friends catchup over products that are made, baked or grown locally. You can find crafts, fresh fruit and vegetables, home made baking, art work, hand made clothing, and so much more. Well they are back and so is the Farmers Market at Exhibition Park. Think of it as a big, BIG coffee shop that has been welcoming 2500-3000 Lethbridge residents every Saturday for over 55 years.

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Umami in Lethbridge – A Team Effort

It has been a fruitful five years at Umami Shop. Like so many local businesses Umami works to partner with businesses who share their values. Patricia, Sven and the Umami team promote the 100-mile diet and fork to table mentality. The 100-mile diet promotes the concept of eating seasonally appropriate and regional foods.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Slough Chew Revue - Sawa

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SCAPES: Paramount Coffee Shop

The Paramount Theatre was constructed in 1950 and the Coffee Shop opened the same year. Located on the street side of the theatre building, patrons will remember the old style soda fountain, the milkshake mixers, the worn chopping block, the single-counter and grill, the latter was salvaged from Green Acres Drive-In when the movie theatre closed in 1986. It was a time when you could get a cold drink from 7 cents to 25 cents, and hot drinks for 10 cents. If you like milkshakes, it would cost you 30 cents and an ice cream cone cost five cents. The lunch menu ranged from turkey sandwich. The original owners were Jack and Verna McDougall from 1950-1986 and Florence French who began as an employee in 1970. She purchased the business in 1986 and managed it for nineteen years. In 2005 the coffee shop closed with the retirement of Florence and in 2007 the Paramount building was sold to local developers and renovations to the Paramount Block were completed in 2009.

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Scapes: Hoyt’s Hardware Store

HOYT’S HARDWARE store opened in 1928 at 612A Third Avenue South and closed nearly 60 years later in 1987.

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And Another Thing...

I THINK A LOT OF US CAN AGREE we are glad this winter is (for the most part) behind us.

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A Greener Lawn

BEFORE RUSHING OUT with your tools and equipment at the first sign of warm weather, Dax says take a look at your lawn.

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#YQLNeighbours

Meet local horticulturalist extraordinaire, Lyndon Penner, who was inspired from a young age to protect the environment, share his expansive knowledge of plants, and educate others on the delights and rewards of gardening. Here, he explains how gardening has grown into his life’s passion.

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Growing a Legacy

The opportunity to explore the varieties of plant life native to the prairies, foothills, and Rocky Mountains will soon be coming to a park near you. The Lethbridge and District Horticultural Society has teamed up with the City of Lethbridge to incorporate an ornamental garden in the new Legacy Park in north Lethbridge. Taking up just under half an acre within the 75-acre park, the garden will incorporate beauty, education, and a little history of our region.

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Comfy and Compact

Your home is the place you go to at the end of the day to escape the regular grind. It’s your sanctuary, a place of comfort, your safe-haven. How you decorate your home can affect your level of comfort upon entry, and can change how you feel when you take a load off after a hard day’s work.

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Spring Cleanup in Lethbridge Feature Parks

THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE is for Lethbridge maintains more than 130 parks and natural areas within the city. Spring cleanup in city parks typically starts around March 15, and initial efforts are focused on feature parks such as Henderson Lake Park, Nicholas Sheran Park and Galt Gardens, as well as green spaces around major city facilities such as city hall.

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HOMESWEETHOME

As Lethbridge continues to grow, there are more and more houses being built in our new subdivisions. These days we have many choices when looking to purchase or rent a home. In this issue, Belinda Crowson explores some of the early homes of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, and some of the trends that followed in years to come.

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